On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
The U.S. Court of Appeals settles the controversy over James Joyce's Ulysses, ruling that the book can be neither confiscated nor banned.
Philippe Petit makes an illegal tightrope walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, crossing the 1,368-foot-high span eight times in 45 minutes.
George H.W. Bush orders the military buildup that will become known as Operation Desert Shield in response to Iraqi forces advancing into Kuwait.
General George Washington creates the Badge of Military Merit, a decoration presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.”
President Jimmy Carter declares Love Canal, a section of Niagara Falls, a disaster area after a chemical company dumped toxic waste into the waterway for years.
A Los Angeles court throws out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne that claimed the rocker's music contributed to a teen's suicide in 1984.
Born on This Day
Animal Rights Activist, Film Actress, Television Actress / 1975 -
Charlize Theron is a South African-born actress, best known for her roles in such films as North Country and Monster, for which she won an Academy Award.
Born: August 7, 1975
Age: 38 years old
Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Occupation: Animal Rights Activist, Film Actress, ...
1966 | 47 years old
1876 | 41 years old
Animal Rights Activist, Film Actor, Television Actor / 1960 -
Actor David Duchovny has played FBI agent Fox Mulder on the television series The X-Files and Hank Moody in HBO’s Californication. He married Téa Leoni in 1997.
Born: August 7, 1960
Age: 53 years old
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Occupation: Animal Rights Activist, Film Actor, ...
1942 | 71 years old
Radio Personality, Writer
Diplomat / 1904 - 1971
Ralph Bunche was a Nobel Peace Prize–winning academic and U.N. diplomat known for his peacekeeping efforts in the Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean.
1904 | 67 years old
Died on This Day
Died: August 7, 2005
Age: 67 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
Occupation: News Anchor, Journalist
1974 | 65 years old
1867 | 60 years old
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